Dr Maria Chli


Postal address:
The Aston Lab for Intelligent Collectives Engineering
Aston University
B4 7ET
United Kingdom

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I received the MEng and PhD degrees in Computing from Imperial College London, in 2001 and 2005, respectively. I was a research assistant at the Intelligent Systems and Networks Section, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Imperial College London between 2001 and 2006. I have been lecturer at the Computer Science subject group, Aston University, in Birmingham since 2006.  

My research interests include multi-agent systems, particularly modeling of complex systems using agent-based methodologies.

For more information on my latest research and publications please visit www.maria-chli.org

Research interests

In most complex systems there is a mechanism that maps simple local rules to the macroscopic behaviour of these systems. We useagent-based modelling and simulation to investigate the following questions that arise from this fact:

  • Given the set of local interactions in a complex system (e.g. a society, an economy, an ecosystem) can we predict the large-scale patterns that emerge?

  • Given the large-scale patterns can we find the local interactions that lead to them?

  • Can we define local interactions that lead to the optimal large-scale patterns?

Keywords: multi-agent systems, agent-based modelling, biologically-inspired systems, decision-making, mechanism design, methodological advancement of agent-based modelling.

Teaching Activity

CS2300 Java Program Construction, CS2230 Operating Systems, CS3340 Multi-agent Systems
Group and Final Year project supervision 


2001-2005 Imperial College London 
PhD in Intelligent Systems

1997-2001 Imperial College London 
MEng Computing

2006-2007 Aston University 
Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 


2006- Aston University 
Lecturer in Computer Science

2001-2006 Imperial College London 
Research Assistant, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Intelligent Systems and Networks Section.

April-Sept. 2000 and June-Sept. 1999 J.P.Morgan Investment Management 
Industrial Placements as a Software Analyst 

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Engineering & Applied Science

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  1. Hierarchical reinforcement learning for trading agents

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

  2. Using min-sum loopy belief propagation for decentralised supply chain formation

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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  1. Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems (Journal)

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